|Bridging the Divide between Public and Private Sectors|
|What do you enjoy about your job? What aspects of your job are the most exciting or interesting?|
professional career has been part in the public
sector and part in the private sector, in the
wine industry, which is very important in my
province Mendoza, with 5 centuries of history.
Argentina is the fifth largest producer of wine
in the world and the 6th largest consumer.
Currently, I am responsible for the operation of
the company, which is present in the domestic
market and in 25 markets in the world. I started
with this new job last February. I am also
involved in NGOs related to the wine industry,
and also in civil society organizations that
work on citizens’ rights, human rights and
poverty. In the past, besides been responsible
for another winery, I was part of the government
of Mendoza State, the Minister of Economic
affairs, Minister of Governmental Affairs and
Secretary of Tourism. In government, I enjoyed
being part of the decision making process,
having the power to make change as a public
policy maker, providing solutions for people and
feeling that I could give something to the
society in which I grew up.
|Why did you choose to pursue an MPA/MPP degree?|
chose the MPA program because the comprehensive
education that I got was the most appropriate
way to get the best tools to face my career. The
focus of the MPA program is very useful when you
plan to be in positions in which you have to be
responsible for the decisions you make.
|How did you select your graduate school?|
chose the LBJ program for different reasons.
First, It is one of the best schools in the US,
with a good mix of local/international approach.
Second, It has the best quality/price ratio.
Third, I was a Fulbright fellow and at that
time, they highly recommended to me that kind of
program and the school. Many people in the US
recommended the LBJ School to me. In addition to
that, my University in Mendoza has an agreement
|How do you feel your MPA/MPP is helping you to make a difference?|
feel that I have the right tools, background and
expertise that helped me be effective and
successful in the responsibilities that I have
had and currently have (and hope will have) in
my professional career. I feel proud of having
been in important positions in my Province in
two Mendoza’s Governors cabinets and then in
the private sector to be part of local NGO’s
that try to make a difference in Mendoza,
Argentina and the world.
|How would you characterize your personality?|
Team worker * Creative * Committed *
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